This is a controversial book. Trumpp's translation of portions of the Guru Granth Sahib was the earliest attempt at rendering the scripture of the Sikhs into another language. Trumpp was a rulist, self-righteous eleteist Christian bigot who was given to smoking cigars in front of scholarly pious men whose religion forbade the use of tobacco. He failed to bring any measure of empathy to the study of the Sikh faith. As a result his approach was prejudiced and his conclusions offensive, even insulting. A fortunate result of Dr Ernest Trumpp's labours was bringing to the attention of the world the existence of a valuable text now commonly referred to as 'Puratan Janam Sakhi'.
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